U.S. RESOURCES (Local, State, National)
Reaching Out for Support (resources from API Equality-LA)
Resources for folks who may be in crisis, and to help us remind one another that it is always OK to ask for help.
A Planning Guide for Caregives in the LGBQ Community
AARP & Sage
"Caring for a spouse, partner, close friend, or family member is one of the most important roles you’ll play. As our loved ones age it’s likely a matter of when, not if, they will need our help. Nearly 44 million Americans—1 in 5 adults— are caregivers for a relative or friend over age 50.1 It may start with driving your loved one to get groceries or going to the doctor. Later, you may find yourself taking more time off from work, preparing meals, or handling bills. If your loved one identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), you will likely face extra challenges around caregiving. LGBT older adults are twice as likely to be single and four times less likely to have children than their non-LGBT counterparts.2 Many are estranged from their biological families which means they’re less likely to have the traditional caregiver support that many older adults rely on."...
LGBTQ+ and Addiction: Causes, Resources and Treatment
"Substance use disorders have a greater effect on LGBTQ+ people than on the heterosexual population. The LGBTQ+ community must overcome several obstacles, including being denied substance abuse treatment because of their sexual identity. However, through the proper understanding and accommodation of LGBTQ+ care principles, substance abuse treatment can be successful."
The Story Of Akshara Balakrishnan – The Girl Who Became What Her Soul Was!
DECEMBER 30, 2016 BY SIDDHARTH NAIDU
It was many days earlier that in my pursuit of finding stirring human stories that I found a young 17-year-old voice which was addressing complex issues of Transgender conversions with unparalleled strength and confidence. The voice was of one who had walked the path of conversion, Akshara Balakrishnan. It was only imperative that I invite her to talk to us about her journey from being born a boy to undergoing surgical and medical procedures to become the wonderful woman that she is now. Akshara’s story, we are sure will inspire and enlight a lot of us in matters of humanity and acceptance. So here’s how The Story of Akshara, The Girl who is and always be, goes..,
Note: The video above starts at 00:18:45.
LGBTQ Heritage Theme Study
LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History is a publication of the National Park Foundation for the National Park Service and funded by the Gill Foundation. Each chapter is written and peer-reviewed by experts in LGBTQ Studies.
GSA Network is a next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities.
Huffington Post Queer Voices
Huffington Post is the destination for news, blogs and original content offering coverage of US politics, entertainment, style, world news, technology and comedy. A section of Huggington Post is devoted to Queer Voices.
GLBT Near Me
Find resource near you: The GLBT Near Me resource database contains one of the largest collections of local and national resources for social and support centers, community centers, cultural, health, and a National helpline for both youth and adults. We are listed in their database under Support.
National Gay & Lesbian Task Force
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. The Task Force meets this goal by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advancing pro-LGBT legislation, building the organizational capacity of the Movement and generating groundbreaking research through its Policy Institute.
ONE Archives is the oldest active Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning (LGBTQ) organization in the United States and the largest repository of LGBTQ materials in the world. Founded in 1952, ONE Archives currently houses over two million archival items including periodicals, books, film, video and audio recordings, photographs, artworks, organizational records and personal papers.
For updates on what's going on in our home state, California, view: http://www.lgbtqnation.com/tag/california/
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander Organizations. NQAPIA seeks to build the capacity of local LGBT AAPI organizations, invigorate grassroots organizing, developer leadership, and challenge homophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant bias. NQAPIA is a project of the Tides Center.
API PARENTS WHO LOVE THEIR LGBT KIDS – MULTILINGUAL PSA CAMPAIGN
May 22, 2015
Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network
GLSEN works with educators, policy makers, community leaders and students on the urgent need to address anti-LGBT behavior and bias in schools. GLSEN strives to protect students from bullying and harassment, to advance comprehensive safe schools laws and policies, to empower principals to make their schools safer, and to build the skills of educators to teach respect for all people.
Equality California is the largest statewide LGBT advocacy organization in CA. For over a decade, EQ CA has partnered with social justice advocates, businesses, grassroots supporters and legislative leaders to strategically move CA from a state with very limited legal protections for LGBT people to a state with some of the most comprehensive human rights protections in the nation.
Human Rights Campaign
Founded in 1980, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is the largest civil rights organization working for LGBT equality in America. HRC strategically aids in mobilization of grassroots activist organizations, invests with purpose to elect fair-minded officials to office, and educates the public about LGBT issues. The HRC represents nationwide force of over 1.5 million members and supporters
For updates on HRC's efforts in your state:
Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to safeguard and advance the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and policy work.
For updates on legal work being done for California, view: http://www.lambdalegal.org/states-regions/california
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
Led by SAGE, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country’s first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults.
Safe Schools Coalition
The Safe Schools Coalition is an international public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, that is working to help schools - at home and all over the world - become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.